The walls were meant to keep evil out–but they only hid the evil within.
John has given up his ordinary life to find wisdom traveling the country and enjoy the freedom of living as a nomad. But when he stumbles across a mysterious town tucked away in the Appalachian Mountains, walled off from modern society, he discovers a group of people who could use some freedom of their own. Are they a harmless religious sect, or is there something less benign underneath the surface?
The townspeople are initially wary of their new visitor, but as John questions their way of life, some of them begin to have questions of their own. As the leadership’s tight control unravels, men and women break free from the chains of legalism–some literally, and some at the cost of their own lives.
Timothy G. Huguenin writes short stories and novels. He lives in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia with his wife and dog. You can find out more about him and his writing by visiting tghuguenin.com.
“A strong first outing from Timothy G. Huguenin who captures both the rustic Appalachian vibe and the creeping dread of bondage to sectarian delusion. Forbidden woods, a malevolent Council, and the mysterious Outsider who offers deliverance, are all synthesized into a tale of psychological horror and spiritual escape.” — Mike Duran, Saint Death
“A chilling entry in the small-town horror genre. Huguenin combines suspense, mystery, and action in page-turning style.” — Scott Nicholson, The Red Church
“A deceptively mild tale about a walled city that turns overtly scary before it’s over.” — Kirkus Reviews